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« on: April 17, 2009, 12:32:58 PM »

I knew it was just lip-service when NA$CAR said they'd be "looking into" the start and parks lately (because of so much fan outcry about them).  I also wondered if TV really required 43 cars in a field.  Here's a couple of answers from Jayski:

"NASCAR not policing start and park; full fields not required: When it comes to start-and-park, the bottom line appears to be that it's not a major issue to NASCAR, which is usually keenly tuned to the public's perception of the sport. "NASCAR doesn't perceive this to be an issue," a statement released this week by the sanctioning body said. "It doesn't impact the quality of competition whatsoever. NASCAR has always been about teams having the opportunity to participate in our sport; some teams might not have the full complement of resources to compete at the same level as others, but it's all about having an opportunity." Virtually to a man, the owners who seem to be in the middle of the situation see it in the same way, as racers. And NASCAR said it has had no conversations with owners specific to what their intentions are once they qualify for races. Staying in line with its take that the situation is not one of concern, NASCAR said it would not monitor any closer the reasons teams give for the their cars' dropping out of races, which range from a variety of mechanical reasons such as "engine," "transmission" and "rear end" to more nebulous causes including "handling," "vibration" or "electrical."
AND One thing NASCAR did dispel is the misconception that there is language in the current TV contracts for the three national tours that demands 43-car fields in Cup and Nationwide, and a 36-truck field in the Truck Series, with penalties resulting if full fields aren't provided. "It is NASCAR's responsibility to have a reasonable field of cars for each of its events," NASCAR said in a statement. "However, there is no language in the TV contracts that demands what the size of the fields must be."(NASCAR.com)(4-16-2009)"

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 05:17:14 PM »

I know it's not going to happen, but wouldn't it be cool to look at the race summary one day and see the reason out of the race being, "lack of available resources"? laugh
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009, 05:25:05 PM »

Actually years ago, I remember Willy T. Ribbs running a race (I think it was Busch) and the description that ESPN put up on the screen for why he dropped out was "no more tires."  At least they weren't politically correct back then.   Cheesy

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